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Sunday's Referendum in Greece

July 3rd, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

On the one hand, plebiscites reflect democracy in action - provided the will of the people becomes policy. On the other, governments serving all its citizens equitably and fairly don't need referendums to confirm policies in place most people support.

Modern Greece has been ruled by generals or political leaders serving vested interests, not popular ones. SYRIZA proved it's no different from the rest - promising one thing, doing another. If hardline governance replaces it in snap elections, its officials have themselves to blame. On Sunday, Greeks are asked to vote up or down on whether to accept or reject greater Troika demanded austerity in return for bailout help - in convoluted language perhaps leaving many people unsure which to choose.

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Corporations vs. Entrepreneurship

July 3rd, 2015

James Hall

The corporate culture would have you believe that it is the foremost structure of the economy. That the entrepreneur is a nuisance and is tilting at windmills. Since competition is a dirty word, the innovative venture poses no threat, but might qualify as an acquisition. Only if the business model is such that duplicating the endeavor is too time consuming or difficult will the corporatist take interest. Yet, in the end, the design of the corporate organization is more about brute force than creative invention. So why is it so difficult for the enterpriser to get their project off the ground? And what is the compelling motivation to start your own business?

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Troika Plan for Greece: Endless Pillage and Regime Change

July 3rd, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

Banker-controlled Troika officials intend using Greece as a model for what's intended across Europe - devastating neoliberal harshness creating a continental dystopian wasteland for ordinary people.

Greece is being systematically raped and pillaged. It's economy contracted over 25% since crisis conditions erupted in 2008. More than a million jobs were lost.

Overall unemployment exceeds 25% - for youths it's 60%. College educated and other young people have no futures in Greece. Its best and brightest are leaving en masse.

Workers lucky to have jobs receive lower or frozen pay along with few or no benefits. Vitally needed social services are disappearing altogether.

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Tsipras Surrenders to Troika Demands

July 3rd, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

Since becoming Greek Prime Minister in January, Tsipras proved he's like all the rest - promising one thing, doing another.

Overnight Tuesday, his public posturing again proved hollow. After calling Troika demands "unacceptable" and urging Greeks reject them with a "resounding NO" in Sunday's plebiscite, he capitulated to most of what he previously opposed.

Things remain fast-moving. Hours earlier, the Financial Times obtained a letter he sent Troika officials. It called his new proposal "a significant climbdown from his previous position." It destroyed what little credibility he had left.

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CNN: Obama White House Lied ‘We Didn’t Know About Hillary’s Private Email’

July 3rd, 2015

Eric Zuesse

On July 1st, CNN reported that "President Barack Obama's top aides, including David Axelrod, communicated with Hillary Clinton at her private email address while she was secretary of state,” and that, "Obama officials — including Axelrod — had said they were unaware Clinton was using a personal email address.” CNN provided no linked source for their allegation that Axelrod didn’t know (nor juxtaposed his statement which contradicted it); however, what CNN said there was indeed accurate, so far as it went, as one can tell simply by clicking onto this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucRdR1Rlo4E

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More Proof of Israeli Ruthlessness

July 3rd, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

Endless examples provide voluminous evidence of Israeli rogue state viciousness against defenseless Palestinians - trapped by the scourge of state terror.

On Thursday, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) said Israeli security force thugs lawlessly detained around 550 Hebron district Palestinians from January through June.

Over 100 youths were targeted along with seven women. Around 225 were imprisoned uncharged and untried - including 78 "fac(ing) a real life threat" because of denied medical treatment, according to PPS' Amjad Najjar.

Israel routinely treats Palestinian detainees "savage(ly) and inhuman(ely)," he explained. Multiple daily security force community incursions result in numerous lawless arrests - state terror by any standard entirely for political reason.Targeted Palestinians committed no crimes. Israel lies claiming they engaged in illegal activity, including violence or terrorism.

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No Deal as June 30 Iranian Nuclear Talks Deadline Arrives

July 2nd, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

Washington remains the obstacle to successfully concluding - so-called P5+1 negotiations. Instead of sticking to preliminary April Lausanne parameters for final consummation of unresolved issues, new ones were raised contrary to what was agreed on earlier.

Longstanding US hostility toward Iran remains unchanged. Current talks haven't improved relations. Washington wants Tehran's government toppled. It wants its sovereignty destroyed. It wants a puppet regime installed like under the Shah.

Years of nuclear talks reflect red-herring cover for America's real objective. Whatever may or may not be agreed on in current talks, hardline US policy toward Iran remains unchanged.

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High-Seas Piracy: Israel's Latest Bandit Act

July 2nd, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

Previous articles discussed Israel's seizure of the Swedish vessel Marianne Ship to Gaza carrying humanitarian aid despite Israel's hollow denial. Rogue states lie to conceal their high crimes.

Israel wants Gazans trapped indefinitely in the world's largest open-air prison deprived of essentials for well-being - suffocated under a policy of slow-motion genocide.

Israeli commandos lawlessly seized the Marianne in international waters. Netanyahu saying it was done lawfully is one of a litany of Big Lies he claimed about the incident - a bandit act like so many others Israel commits endlessly. A June 29 Ship to Gaza press release said "the 'Marianne' contacted Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) and informed us that three boats of the Israeli navy had surrounded her in international waters, while sailing approximately 100NM from Gaza coast."

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Greece May Become BRICS Member

July 2nd, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

In May, Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergey Storchak invited Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to become the sixth BRICS member - joining Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

At the time, Tspiras said he was interested - giving Greece access to its $100 billion capitalized New Development Bank (NDB), aiming to break Western dominance and become one of the world's leading lending institutions.

It's headquartered in Shanghai - expected to begin operating in July, according to Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak. Indications are Russia and perhaps China are willing to help Greece financially. So far Greece hasn't requested it.

Athens is holding talks with other BRICS members on possible membership. They'll continue during a July 9 and 10 summit in Ufa, Russia.

Deputy Greek Defense Minister Costas Lsychos warned Greece would become a European "economy colony" if it accepts Troika demanded bailout terms.

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Syria, ethnic cleansing in Palestine…and the world still complains about terror!!!!!!

July 2nd, 2015

By Khalid Amayreh in occupied Palestine

The recent acts of terror in Kuwait, Tunisia and elsewhere must be condemned in the strongest terms. In the final analysis, killing innocent human beings, regardless of their race or creed, is totally unacceptable.

This is stated rather plainly and unequivocally in the Holy Quran, Islam's Holy Scriptures, in Suratul Maeda, verse 18:
“Because of that We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land - it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life…"

But condemnation alone is not enough.

We must understand the terror phenomenon objectively, irrespective of parochial political calculations. Otherwise, terror will continue to ruin nations and claim more and more innocent lives.

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